It’s time for a course correction in veterinary medicine.
Are you on board?
Since graduating from Penn Vet in 2013, I have watched our profession evolve and respond to immense stressors. I believe that the veterinary profession is truly incredible, but we face many challenges–including a need to improve access to care, address workforce shortages, expand DEI, and overcome mental health and wellness challenges. There are many passionate people and organizations who work to address these issues (and more), and I am excited to be a part of this group through my work as a mentor, author, and speaker.
I’ve personally faced challenges that are common in our profession. I have experienced imposter syndrome and burnout. I have struggled to set boundaries and find a way to successfully integrate life as a veterinarian and life as a mother. I’ve re-evaluated my professional path and made changes along the way. But in doing this, I’m creating a career that I love.
One of the core values that guides me both personally and professionally is Relationships. This value shows up in many ways throughout my work in the veterinary profession:
- CLIENTS: One of my favorite parts of clinical practice is connecting with clients and partnering with them to create the healthiest life possible for their pets. I have worked in small animal general practice and emergency medicine throughout western Pennsylvania, which has given me extensive experience communicating with clients in situations ranging from preventative care to end-of-life care and minor illnesses to life-threatening emergencies. I am passionate about working with clients to meet them where they are and address barriers their families may be facing by always employing a spectrum of care mindset.
- THE CLINIC TEAM: All members of the veterinary team are essential to successful patient care. I have been fortunate to work with some incredible teams in both private and corporate practice settings. Team training, consistent communication, and prioritizing well-being are the things I have seen that make teams successful and happy. The more we engage our teams, the better our patient care and workplaces will be.
- MENTORSHIP: I have had exceptional mentors along my career path and have mentored numerous pre-vet students, veterinary students, and recent graduates. I enjoy passing along my knowledge and learning from the next generation of veterinarians as well as helping experienced vets establish mentorship programs in their clinics through the Veterinary Mentorship Manual.
- ORGANIZED VETERINARY MEDICINE: I believe deeply in the work of organized veterinary medicine and hold leadership positions in local, state, and national veterinary organizations. As a student, I was the 2011 National Vice President of the Veterinary Business Management Association. I encourage veterinarians, technicians, and team members who want to see change to engage with their associations to advocate for the future of our profession.
I have found happiness in my professional journey and want to help others do the same.
We must create a profession that is more sustainable and more positive. Let’s steer this ship in the right direction.
Connect with me today to discuss how I can support you through one-on-one mentorship, providing in-person or virtual lectures and training, writing content for your publication, or connecting you with other exceptional professionals and organizations who have the resources you need.